Other Word Forms of Clever
Origin of Clever
From East Anglian dialectal English cliver (“expert at seizing”), from Middle English cliver (“tenacious”), perhaps from Old English *clifer, clibbor (“clinging”), or perhaps from East Frisian (compare Saterland Frisian kluftich), or dialectal Norwegian klover (“ready, skillful”); possibly influenced by Old English clifer (“claw, hand”). Related to cleave.
Middle English cliver East Frisian klifer, klüfer gleubh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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